AETN celebrates the season with new holiday-themed PBS KIDS episodes
Posted 21 Nov 2014
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will kick off the holiday season Wednesday, Nov. 26, with the return of the classic family favorite "Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas." In this one-hour special, families can join their favorite monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. The fun continues throughout December as viewers help Otto and Olive solve a reindeer case in an all-new episode of "Odd Squad," celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in a one-hour "Peg + Cat + Holidays" special, spread cheer with new engine friends Gator and Reg on "Thomas & Friends;" and go on a winter adventure featuring "The Nutcracker Ballet" with Daniel Tiger.
The PBS KIDS holiday schedule on AETN includes:
"Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas," airing Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. There's only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. The Man is having trouble reading George's wish list, and George doesn't have a clue what to get for the Man who has everything.
"Odd Squad: Reindeer Games," airing Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. In this Christmas-themed episode, Olive and Otto help Santa track down his missing reindeer. Also, Oscar helps Ms. O get off Santa's naughty list.
"Peg + Cat + Holidays," premiering Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. This one-hour special features "The Hanukkah Problem," "The Christmas Problem" and "The Penguin Problem." Peg and Cat help Albert Einstein save his Hanukkah; help Santa Claus make, wrap and deliver presents for all the children of the world using 100 sleighs; and coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew "over," "under," and "in between."
"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker," premiering Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. In "Daniel's Winter Adventure," Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding. But, once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. In "Neighborhood Nutcracker," Daniel is going to see a show called "The Nutcracker Ballet." Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage.
"Thomas & Friends: Christmas Cheer," premiering Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 12:30 p.m. This special includes "Duncan The Humbug" and "The Perfect Gift." In "Duncan the Humbug," Duncan, the Scottish narrow gauge engine, seems to be grumbling even more than usual. Victor offers Duncan a new coat of paint if he can refrain from grumbling for one whole day. In "The Perfect Gift," the whole island is celebrating Christmas, and there are decorations everywhere. But, it doesn't look very Christmas-y at the scrap yard. Percy starts to worry that Reg is missing out, and he tries to find something to give Reg to cheer him up.
"Thomas & Friends: Coming Home for Christmas," premiering Thursday, Dec. 18, at 12:30 p.m. This special includes "Last Train for Christmas" and "Long Lost Friend." In "Last Train for Chirstmas," it's Christmas Eve, and a lot of passengers are coming home to Sodor for the holiday. Connor can't carry all the passengers who are trying to get on his train. He promises to come back and pick them up, but the snow keeps falling, and the engines are struggling to keep the tracks clear. In "Long Lost Friend," Gator returns to the Island of Sodor after being away for a long time. He is looking forward to seeing his old friend Percy. When Percy hears that Gator is back, he is very excited and immediately heads off to see him. But, the two engines keep missing each other.
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